New Brunswick Arts Board Members Announced
Fredericton, NB – January 9, 2012 – Nominees to the New Brunswick Arts Board have been announced by Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Trevor Holder.
The following people have been nominated:
Denis Lanteigne, Caraquet;
Laura Cynthia Sewell, Pabineau First Nation;
Matthew Pearn, Saint John;
Monica Adair, Saint John;
Nathalie Cyr-Plourde, Edmundston;
Deborah McCormack, Saint John; and
Pierre McGraw, Moncton.
"We are pleased that these individuals have accepted to serve on the board," said Holder. "The role they play in helping to guide and promote our provincial art and cultural endeavours is important."
Board members serve for four-year terms. The volunteer board advises the minister on cultural policy and provides cultural leadership in the province; it facilitates and promotes the creation and production of the arts; and it works to improve participation in and support of the arts in New Brunswick.
Lanteigne is a multi-disciplinary artist and arts administrator who has worked for many years to raise the profile of Acadian contemporary visual arts within the community, provincially, nationally and internationally.
Laura Cynthia Sewell
Sewell is the First Nations representative on the board. She is a recent bachelor of social work graduate, and she has worked as an education co-ordinator of GED training and human resource development for youth in her community. Between 2008 and 2010, she worked with the board as a First Nations art consultant; she has broad experience building awareness about Mi'gmaq culture within diverse communities.
Pearn is a recent graduate of the University of New Brunswick law school. He has extensive media experience, working as an arts and culture reporter for national news media and community newspapers and radio in New Brunswick. He has also worked in media production and film documentary.
Adair is an architect and designer who has received many awards, scholarships and prizes for outstanding achievement. A partner in the firm of Acre Architects Inc., she has extensive experience as a jury member, lead designer and member of design teams for architectural, landscape and urban design projects in New Brunswick as well as in other parts of Canada, Kuwait, China and the United States.
Plourde is an elementary educator with many years experience teaching in the Edmundston area. While also teaching modern dance and working as a choreographer, she has led her dance troupe, Main Street Dancers, to participation in numerous provincial and national competitions.
McCormack is a long-time community volunteer with experience as a board member for several national and provincial health-care organizations. Her commitment to the arts and culture has been as a nurturer and supporter of her children who are exceptional musicians with outstanding careers in the arts.
McGraw is a music educator and classical singer who has performed as a soloist and choir member for Opera New Brunswick, Choeur Neil Michaud, Atelier d'Opera Université de Montréal and many others. He was founding member of Quatuor Musica Mundi, and he has worked in theatre and radio and as an arts administrator for numerous community organizations in New Brunswick.